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hurricane harvey gaining steam as it gets set to make landfall. parts of the gulf in serious danger as this storm moves in, and record-setting rain won't move out for days. >> whoa. >> good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. this is frightening. >> this is. millions in the path of this thing. i'm christine romans. friday, august 25th, 4:00 a.m. in the east. 3:00 a.m. in corpus christie, texas. hurricane harvey gaining strength as it takes aim at southeast texas. now a category-two hurricane
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with maximum sustained winds of 102 miles per hour. harvey is rapidly becoming more powerful. it was just a tropical depression this time yesterday. the national weather service says harvey will bring a life -- bring life-threatening amounts of rain, nearly three feet in areas. this storm will linger there for days. we'll have the full forecast in a moment. this morning, there are mandatory evacuation orders for at least a dozen cities and counties along the texas coast with voluntary evacuations in other areas. governor greg abbott declared a state of disaster in 30 coastal counties and activated 700 members of the texas army guard, air national guard, and texas state guard. texas highways filled with cars yesterday. interstate 37 out of corpus christie backed up for miles. >> those choosing to stay in place, look at that exodus -- those choosing to stay in place
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not taking chances, they're filling sandbags, stocking occupy food and water -- fox stocking up on food and water, boarding up windows. a report says areas clearing quickly as the city canceled court hearings and issued self-serve sandbags to residents. officials warning people the storm is not to be taken likely. >> the storm has the potential -- and i want to stress the potential, things do change -- to be a weather event that we talk about for years to come. >> even the most fragile young lives being evacuated from corpus christie. ten babies are being evacuated from a neo-natal intensive care unit. they're all expected in ft. worth for the morning. >> we have more from our meteorologist, karen maginnis, live in the weather center. tens of millions i guess in the path of this storm. and this will linger. >> yes. that is probably the worst
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aspect of this is that it is going to just meander right around this texas coastal area for days. not even the computer models can agree as to what's going to happen once it makes landfall. right now the winds at 105 miles per hour. that makes it a strong category 2 hurricane. very warm water here. no shear or very little shear. the two contributing factors to this quickly mushrooming into a category three right before making landfall. when is landfall? the computer models saying just about midnight on friday going into saturday morning. if it picks up speed, it will be earlier than that. those of you who made the decision to leave corpus christie, victoria, galveston down to brownsville, good idea because if i had to rank what is the worst that can happen with this system of all the terrible things associated with a
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category 3 hurricane it will be the flooding, the widespread flooding. in some of the areas, some computer models saying 40 inches of rainfall. i think some of the averages are 15 to 20. computer models may be overblowing that 40 inches. not over blowing the impact. this is low-lying area. those roads you saw were jammed today of people getting out on interstate 37, interstate 35, interstate 45 out of corpus christie, out of galveston, they quickly become clogged. where you see the yellow shaded area, the texas/louisiana border to port la vaca, we could see a threat of tornadoes. yes, another aspects of hurricanes that probably doesn't get a lot of attention. with this particular system, it is the volume of rain, and computer models have it going on shore, moving around, curving
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around. one outlier has it moving toward brownsville. others see a loop-de-l hiefloop moving to the coast. it will stress food services and resources for people. you may have seen pictures on social media, how it has impa impacted folks trying to get out of town, trying to board up their homes. we'll stay on top of this. i'll be back at the bottom of the hour and give you a different perspective on what we can expect. >> boy. lingering through wednesday. thank you very much. we'll check back in a bit. the president turning to twitter to warn everyone in harvey's path, tweeting, "as hurricane harvey intensifies, remember to plan ahead." the president is getting briefings and has spoken with texas governor abbott. the white house announcing it stands ready to provide resources where they're required, while downplaying concerns about preparedness since there is no permanent
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secretary of homeland security which overseas fema. >> interesting -- which oversees fema. >> interesting. hurricane harvey heading for the oil refineries, meaning higher prices at the pump. nearly half the refineries are on the coast. one-third sit directly on harvey's path. oil platforms and rigs have been shutting down in anticipation. 39 facilities evacuated. refiners closing to brace for the storm's impact. that will disrupt the supply of gas. here's what it means for drivers. experts expect gas prices to spike 5 to 15 cents over the next week, especially in the south, southeast, and mid-atlantic u.s. the good news, gas prices near historic lows, and harvey is making driving more expensive. you will be able to get a break from the extra fees if you are flying. most u.s. airlines are waiving change fees for flights in the region including the biggest four -- american, delta, united, and southwest. each airline has different policies, but most are allowing customers to make one flight change without -- without having
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to pay for those rebook fees. usually cost $200 or more. >> good news there. president trump and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell in politics now taking very different approaches as they try to get their relationship and legislative goals back on track. mcconnell offering mostly praise for the trump administration, the speech at the kentucky farm bureau event. president trump on the other hand, well, kept his attacks up on the kentucky republican on twitter before and after mcconnell's speech. >> he slammed mcconnell for failing to repeal obamacare. for this -- "i kwoefted that mitch m. and paul r.," house speaker paul ryan, "tie the debt ceiling legislation into the popular v.a. bill that passed for easy approval. they didn't do it. now we have a big deal with dems holding them up, as usual, on debt ceiling approval. could have been so easy, now a mess." >> senate republican leadership aide says the idea of tying the debt ceiling increase to a
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popular veterans' reform bill had been discussed, but the idea was rejected by hard-line conservatives that the freedom caucus, who want provisions to curb government spending, and did not want to vote against the v.a. bill. for now the white house is trying to dispel the notion of fractures in the republican party. our sara murray has more from the white house. >> reporter: good morning. president trump spent much of the day yesterday railing against members of his own party including house speaker paul ryan and majority leader mitch mcconnell. despite all, that white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders insists he has a fine relationship with republican leadership. >> look, i think the relationships are fine. president trump has worked with leader mcconnell to reach out to other members and to work on those shared goals. we're going to continue to do that when the senate comes back from recess. >> reporter: they're still hoping to take on an ambitious plan to overhaul the tax system and planning on releasing more details next week.
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and in spite of trump's grumbling tweets, huckabee sanders says they do expect congress to raise the debt ceiling with relatively little fanfare and without attaching anything along with it. back to you guys. >> all right. thanks. the president's press secretary not backing up her boss' threat to shut down the government if he does not get funding for a border wall. a border wall that was to be paid for by mexico in the first place. sarah huckabee sanders refusing to say whether the president would reject a budget bill without money for the wall. she would only say the president is committed to making sure it is built. >> either way the president's approach is not winning over lawmakers. >> he has a right to demand funding, he has a right to make a choice what he wants to do. any time you threaten a government shutdown is dumb. this is a terrible way to do government. we should never threaten anything like like this. >> as to the president claiming mexico will pay for the wall, sanders says it's not been abandoned. wall at his rally in affects. -
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>> the white house trying to smooth things over with mitch mcconnell. it is pushing back hard against bob corker. the highly respected republican senator from tennessee questioned whether the president had the stability andcosm tones do his job -- and competence to do his job last week. >> that met with blunt pushback from the white house. >> i thinkings that a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn't dignify a response from this podium. >> corker and several other republicans slammed trump's initial response to charlottesville. the one-time ally who got serious consideration for the secretary of state job -- interesting, there has not been a single tweet from the president what corker said, nor anything said publicly. you wonder why. >> yeah. fascinating. the interior secretary ryan zincke, talking about shrimping national monuments. it could open federal land up to
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oil and gas production. oregon's cascade siskiyou national monument and utah's grand staircase being targeted. a white house official will only say the president has seen the interior department's recommendations. cnn has learned president trump is considering two options for the future of deca, the deferred action for child arriva arrivals. option one, grandfather the people in the program or end it for newcomers or, two, end it altogether. a source tells cnn the president is more likely to choose option one because ending the program altogether would be catastrophic for an estimated 800,000 dreamers in the country. a final decision expected in early september. this disturbing story out of colorado. >> man. >> teenage cheerleaders forced to do splits against their will. this was caught on camera. now, several people are facing discipline.
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now to that disturbing video. five employees with the denver public school system including two coaches placed on leave after the release of a disturbing video from a high school cheerleading practice. the video shows a teenage girl screaming in pain as she's physically forced to perform a split. an adult in the video appears to be pushing her down, ignoring cries to "please stop." police say child abuse detectives are investigating the incident at east high school. the cheerleading coach on leave, claims the video was being taken out of context. >> my gosh. we don't even -- don't even play the screams because it's -- >> far more painful if you hear it. new details about the gunman who shot and killed a former co-worker at a restaurant in charleston, south carolina, before taking hostages and holding off police for hours. one of the owners says he was a disgruntled former dishwasher at virginia's on king. police identify the victim as the executive chef.
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37-year-old anthony whitten, according to witnesses. diners crawled under tables and ran for the door when the shooter announced "i am the new king of charleston." he was shot and critically wounded by police after being cornered. the pipe dream finally came true. 53-year-old mavis wanchick of chick pea, massachusetts, the sole winner of the $758 million powerball jackpot. mavis discovered she left while leaving the mercy medical center. how did she celebrate the life-changing event? >> what are you going to do to celebrate? >> i'm going to go hide in my bed. >> as for mavis' job, she called in rich. telling her longtime employer she would not be coming in to work ever. >> ever. >> mavis did what most winners did -- she took the lump-sum payment of $480 million.
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that's $336 million after taxes. >> you're still coming to work, though? >> i think i'm still coming to work. i've got to start buying tickets to win. i don't buy the tickets. a good old-fashioned base brawl in detroit. the yankees and tigers giving a preview of the mayweather-mcgregor fight to come. the benches clearing three times. that's where things boiled off in the sixth when the pitch from miguel cabrera went behind him. he and the catcher had words, threw punches. that melee ensued at home plate. later, yankee reliever dylan batansis hit detroit's player. benches cleared again. tire fewing moment there. then todd frasier hit, and again, both teams emptied their benches. eight ejections on both sides including the two managers. fines and suspensions -- you bet they're coming. bad blood between the two
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simmering since last month when four players were hit in the game at yankee stadium. >> three times the benches cl r cleared? >> three times. the first, miguel cabrera, real punches thrown. nasty. "saturday night live's" 43rd season begins september 30th. ryan gosling hosting with jay-z as musical guest. the "weekend update" returned thursday. guess who made an appearance -- >> people ask me why are you doing a rally only eight fol-- eight months in? folks, it's never too early to campaign for 2020. mike pence is already doing it. first i want to talk about charlottesville. as we know, there was a tragic victim that came out of charlottesville -- me. [ laughter ] folks, the media has treated me so unfairly by reporting my entire remarks -- even the bad ones.
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so i wanted to set the record straight about exactly what i said. and i have the transcript right here, okay? "i moved on her like a [ bleep ]" but couldn't get there -- >> i still want to know who was this -- i feel like i have to say behalf of black people everywhere, we don't know this fool. [ applause ] >> trump also dismissed steve bannon who came out to the stage at the "snl" rally as the skeletal death figure. next, a renewed push for dominance by arms dealers in russia. live in moscow with more on how new factories and fewer restrictions are boosting a dangerous industry. and we are continuing to track hurricane harvey. harvey gaining strength rapidly as it gets set to make landfall in the gulf. they have businesses to run they have passions to pursue
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you're talking about combat jets, attack helicopters. one of the russian arms dealers showed me their newest attack helicopter called the mi-28ub, an upgraded version of one of their gunships that they have. they say the big thing for them is fewer export restrictions. that's one of the reasons they're getting into markets that used to almost exclusively buy from the united states. you're talking, for instance, about egypt. they just sold the egyptians attack helicopters. turkey, a nato ally of the united states, bought anti-aircraft systems from the russians only a couple of months ago. they say they're also selling to indonesia, as well. the russians saying, look, we're still cheaper than the west, our gear is getting better, and we certainly don't ask the questions, for instance, about human rights. for instance, about internal conflicts that, for instance, the u.s. would ask. they certainly are making a big, big push, especially -- and you know this very well -- since rest of their economy is having a lot of problems now because of international sanctions. >> absolutely. absolutely. and because of the crashing in
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gas prices, right? that's an important -- oil price, an important exporter. thank you very much. ahead, hurricane harvey intensifying quickly but moving too slowly. that combination putting parts of the gulf region in life-threatening danger. ♪ hey, i'm the internet! i know a bunch of people who would love that. the internet loves what you're doing... ...so build a better website in under an hour with... ...gocentral from godaddy. the internet is waiting. start for free today at godaddy.
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hurricane harvey gaining steam as it gets set to slam into texas. the first major storm there since ike in 2008. record-setting rain won't move out for days. and rainfall will be life threatening, we're told. that's what forecasters saying. this is a life-threatening situation. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> that rainfall and how long it will linger, the biggest problems here. i'm dave briggs. it is 31 minutes past the hour.
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hurricane harvey building strength as it takes direct aim at southeast texas. now a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. harvey is rapidly becoming more powerful. it was just a tropical depression this time yesterday. the national weather service says harvey will bring life-threatening amounts of rain, nearly three feet in spots. the storm will linger for days. we'll have the full forecast in a moment. this morning, there are polander to evacuation orders for -- mandatory evacuation orders for cities and counties along the texas coast with voluntary evacuations in other areas. governor abbott declared a state of disaster in 30 coastal counties and activated 700 members of the texas army air national guard and state guard. texas highways filled yesterday with cars all in one direction -- interstate 37 out of corpus christie backed up for miles. >> those choosing to stay in
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place th place, boarding up windows, stocking up on water, shelves clearing quickly. the city canceled court hearings and issued self-serve sandbags to residents. officials warning people this storm is not to be taken lightly. >> the storm has the potential -- and i want to stress potential, things do change -- to be a weather event that we talk about for years to come. >> even the most fragile young lives being evacuated from corpus christie. ten babies evacuated from a neo-natal unit intensive care. they're all expected in ft. worth this morning. one federal government resource helping track hurricane harvey are the national oceanic and atmospheric administration or noaa as many of you know them. their turbo-prop aircraft known as hurricane hunters. joining us on board a noaa hurricane hunter above the gulf of mexico is flight director
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jack parish. good morning to you. thanks for being with us. >> hi, jack. >> good morning to you. we're making an approach to lakeland. we've been here for just about eight hours this evening. >> what do you see when you look at the storm compared to others you've seen in the past? >> we saw a very, very -- >> can you hear us? i think we lost your audio. no small thing to be flying through a hurricane and trying to call in to morning news. >> can you hear me now? >> i hear you. what are you seeing? >> we can see a large, large area of heavy rainfall to the north and west of the center of the storm. anybody in the quadrants from the center are in for a lot of miserable days of weather especially as this stalls over coastal texas. >> what about the measurements?
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it's one thing that you see. what numbers are you measuring from harvey? >> yes, sir, during the short time that we were in the storm we saw a steady pressure of 967 millibars in the center. we were measuring flight-level winds a little over 100 knots. especially strongest winds north/northeast of the center, and then a tremendous amount of rainfall, we were measuring on rainfall, as well. >> we're told this is a life-threatening situation. the national hurricane center says -- a life-threatening situation because of all the rainfall. you say it will be days of rainfall. can you tell me what it's like to fly into the storm, what it feels like? i think the plane you're in is nicknamed "kermit," right? what does it feel like flying right in a hurricane? >> yep. we're flying on a noaa 42, robust turbo-prop aircraft. it can handle the weather. we see the really heavy rain
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bands of the rain, full of thunderstorms, a certain amount of lightning. we get bounced around every time we run into one of the rain bands. not too bad. the eyewall is the roughest part. the center is extremely calm. unimaginably calm compared to how bouncy it is outside of that. tonight we made three passes through the center from all quadrants to get accurate measurements of the winds and rainfall all the way around the center. >> you mentioned the sustained winds. is this something by your measurements that you expect to strengthen into a category 3 hurricane before making landfall in southeast texas? >> we observed a strong category 2 storm this morning. another noaa crew will be coming out later. the air force crews, as well, be covering the storm constantly until it makes --
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>> sounds like we're having some more audio issues with jack. we'll get him back. you can follow noaa at noaa on twitter for the updates. we have the latest from meteorologist karen maginnis in the weather center. jack was in the rain bands, in that -- that weather. this is a big rain event. >> it is. it has been 12 years since we've seen anything like this, and that was ike. i wanted to give you the latest statistics regarding this. it is a strong category 2 hurricane. 111 miles per hour. that's when we see it switch over to a category 3. at this point, that is not going to make a lot of difference because we don't have anything steering this hurricane in any direction. there is no shear. water temperature is conducive to this strengthening. it is powerful. you can see it pretty much engulfs the entire coastline of
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texas. we've watched the eye. as the center pressure drops, we see it strengthen. you'll start to see the storm surge, as well, pretty heavy rainfall bands have produced all around galveston, texas, some rainfall reports in excess of an inch of rain. this is still early. we're looking at days of precipitation going into next week, and the computer models are all over the place. what computer models? they plug in different parameters, the computer spits out different scenarios if they anticipate that this hurricane, hurricane harvey will do. one outlier, brings it back across mexico. most of these show a loop, looping right or left. as this moves to the coast, this will be the greatest impact with the storm surge. with a category three, we might see a storm surge of 9 to 12
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feet in addition to, computer models are estimating, possibly 40 inches of rainfall around port connor. where will it make landfall? it looks like the vicinity of corpus christie. there is no guiding force, but it is possible. it's headed to the interstates. they've boarded up their homes, prepared with food and taking their families away from this. if you haven't prepared, you should. that's how dangerous. >> hurricane gustav and ike were back-to-back terrible storms in 2008. that was the last time you saw the gulf coast slammed like this. ike was the first to hit landfall, a hurricane to make landfall in texas. i covered the storms at the time. when she talks about days and days of rain and misery, we're at the leading edge of what is going to be a tough few days, maybe even a week or so for
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folks there. >> i kill -- and ike killed 21 people. get out if you are in the direct path of the storm. this could hit new orleans. still too many memories of too many terrible storms. >> 40 minutes past the hour. president trump turning to twitter to warn everyone in harvey's path tweeting, "as hurricane harvey intensifies, remember to plan ahead." the president getting regular briefings and has spoken to texas governor abbott. the white house standing ready to provide resources where required, but downplaying concerns about preparedness. as you know, there's no permanent secretary of homeland security which overseas fema. to politics now. president trump and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell taking very different approaches as they try to get this relationship and the legislative goals back on track. mr. speaker colonel offering mostly praise for the -- mcconnell offering mostly praise for the president at a farm bureau event. president trump not so much.
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he kept up the attacks on the kentucky republican. on twitter before and after mcconnell's speech. >> that's right. mcconnell was having a breakfast speech, talking up the administration and president the moment he slammed mcconnell for failing to repeal obamacare and, "i requested that mitch m. and paul r.," house speaker paul ryan -- >> and majority leader mitch mcconnell -- >> yes. "tie the debt ceiling legislation into the popular v.a. bill that passed for easy approval. they didn't do it so now we have a big deal with dems holding them up, as usual on, debt ceiling approval. could have been so easy, now a mess." >> a senate republican leadership aide says the idea of tying the debt ceiling increase to a popular veterans reform bill had been discussed, but the idea was rejected by hard-line conservatives. the house freedom caucus, who's been supportive of the trump administration. they want provisions to curb government spending and did not want to vote against the v.a. bill. for now the white house trying to dispel the notion of fractures in the republican
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party. our sara murray with more from the white house. >> reporter: good morning. president trump spent much of the day yesterday railing against members of his own party, including house speaker paul ryan and majority leader mitch mcconnell. despite all, that white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders insists he has a fine relationship with republican leadership. >> look, i think the relationships are fine. president trump has worked with leader mcconnell to reach out to other members and to work on those shared goals. we're going to continue to do that when the senate comes back from recess. >> reporter: they're still hoping to take on an ambitious plan to overhaul the tax system and planning on releasing more details next week. and in spite of trump's grumbling tweets, huckabee sanders says they do expect congress to raise the debt ceiling with relatively little fanfare and without attaching anything along with it. back to you guys. >> all right. thanks. the president's press the speaker brushing off the president's comments about not
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passing a debt ceiling bill, claiming one is on the way. >> we will not hit the debt ceiling. we'll do this before the debt ceiling. there are many options in front of us on how to achieve. that we'll do that because this is about paying the bills that we already racked up, making sure we pay our debts. >> that was a tax event at a boeing plant yesterday. the schrock is tick -- the clock is ticking on the debt limit. congress has to raise the ceiling before early october, otherwise the united states won't have enough money to pay about a quarter of its bills, forcing the government to pick and choose what gets paid on time. in october, if the treasury pays big line items like social security, medicare, and defense, it won't have enough to cover tax refunds, worker pay, and veterans' benefits. the debt limit will be hit exactly when congress needs to pass a spending measure, avoiding a government shutdown. the last shutdown cost the u.s. economy $24 billion. again, you see the debt ceiling become this political football about spending restraint. the debt ceiling used to be
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pro-form arierrm you raised it. they already -- pro-form a. they raised it. they already did it. >> you don't hear much about fiscal conservatives much in congress now. paul ryan not talking much about fiscal restraint. >> the debt ceiling, they have to have a spending bill. they're trying to do tax reform at the same time. >> no big deal. not one, not two, but three bench-clearing brawls between the yankees and tigers. what sparked all of this next. hi, i'm johnny bench.
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police say child abuse detectives are investigating the incident at east high school. the school's cheerleading coach now on leave, says the video is being taken out of context. >> powerful. new details about the gunman who shot and killed a former co-worker at a restaurant in charleston, south carolina, before taking hostages and holding off police for hours. one of the owners says the shooter was a disgruntled former dishwasher at virginia's on king. police identify the victim as the executive chef, 37-year-old anthony whitten. according to witnesses, diners crawled under tables and ran for the door when the shooter entered and announced, "i am the new king of charleston." he was shot and critically wounded by police after being cornered. her pipe dream finally came true. 53-year-old mavis wanczyk of chicopee, massachusetts. she won and found out as she
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left her job at mercy medical center. one of her co-workers said she was so shaken, she followed her home. they said, sign the back, and get home. how did she celebrate the life changing event? >> what are you going to do to celebrate? >> i'm going to go hide in my bed. [ laughter ] >> as for mavis' job, she called in rich, telling her longtime employer she would not be coming back to work ever. mavis did what most winners do. she took the lump sum payment of $386 million after taxes. i'm sheep for you. my advice -- i'm so happy for you. my advice as a money person is think about how you're going to grow that money, not how you'll spend it. a lot of people -- that's an unusually big jackpot -- >> you can still buy a boat. >> you can, but seriously, think about how to grow it and live off the proceeds and keep that net for to pass it along for
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generations. >> get a new employer, change your cell phone number and e-mail. a good old-fashioned base brawl in detroit as the yankees and tigers fought in what may be better than mayweather-mcgregor. cabrera and the pitcher threw down leading to this melee at home plate. continued for some time. one inning later, reliever dellin betances hit detroit's player. 80 ejection, fines, suspensions, you bet they are on the way. the bad blood between the two has been simmering since last month when four players were hit in a game at yankee stadium. justin verlander took a little humor from the situation tweeting, "that escalated
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like technology that can update itself. an advanced fiber-network infrustructure. new, more reliable equipment for your home. and a new culture built around customer service. it all adds up to our most reliable network ever. one that keeps you connected to what matters most. business is booming for russia's arms dealers who is pushing for global domestic naps after years of decline. russia moving into markets once dominated by the americans. cnn visited russia's biggest arms fair. fred pleitgen is live with what we found. good morning to you, fred.
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>> reporter: certainly was fascinating. the army 2017 expo. everything on offer, a fairground built especially for military expos. that shows how important the arms industry is and will be in the future to the russian government. one of the things they told us is, yes, they are trying to move into markets traditionally dominated by western products, especially, of course, american products, especially if you look into the realm of fighter jets. you look at attack helicopters. one of the newest, the upgraded version of a gunship that they've been trying to sell to foreign countries. it's one of the things where they say, look, our products are getting a lot better, cheaper than the ones that you have from the u.s. also, we don't ask the kind of questions that america would ask. for instance, about political instability. for instance, about internal uprisings, about human rights, as well. and they say it's easier to get your hands on russian arms, they
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also say those arms are now extremely improving in quality, as well. as you see, quite an aggressive marketing campaign going on there, especially in light of the fact that the rest of the russian economy under the sanctions that russia is under, having trouble at the moment. they hope arms exports will be a big thing moving forward. >> sanctions not going away any time soon. fred pleitgen live for us in moscow. thank you. in cnn "money stream," stocks down. the concern, government funding, ensuring the debt limit is raised on time. the fed at the jackson hole conference. the heads of the eu and central banks speak. watch if the fed chair speaks about future interest rate policy especially interest rates this year. apple is bringing a
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billion-dollar investment to iowa. tim cook announcing plans to build a $1.3 billion data center outside of the beautiful city of des moines, iowa. it will help power apple's i can't remember store. apple -- app store. apple already has stores in many states including north carolina. $208 million worth of incentives. some are common, some criticize the high price tag especially as the center will only create 50 permanent jobs, although apple says there will be hundreds of jobs from construction to engineering as this endeavor gets underway. starting monday, whole foods is getting cheaper. amazon closes the $13.7 billion deal to buy whole foods. the first order of business -- cutting prices, making some of whole foods' products more affordable including organic items like avocados, brown eggs, salmon, almond butter. amazon says the price cuts will continue and prime members will get additional discounts. the deal will be good for
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consumers but is making grocery chains nervous. stocks like kroger and walmart plummeted on the news. amazon is a disrupter. this deal gives it access to the $700 billion grocery market. right away, i think amazon was smart to say we're going to cut prices on categories because, you know, the criticism of whole foods is the nickname is whole paycheck because it was expensive. if they want to dominate, that was a key -- >> can we start with sliced watermelon, like $14 for a package this big because they cut it up. keeps me up at night. "early start" continues right now. the latest path for hurricane harvey. hurricane harvey gaining steam as it gets set to slam into texas. parts of the coast in serious damage as the storm moves in. the first major storm since